DWTS 15 Week 8: Two stars eliminated

Last night on “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars,” two celebrities were eliminated and one wasn’t a surprise, but another one was. Have any question that the audience decides the winner? You can’t after the last three eliminations.

During week six, Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel were eliminated despite have the high score with a perfect 30.  Bryan and van Amstel were tied with Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff. Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke were at the bottom of the leader board with 26.5. Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy had a 27. Gilles Marini and Petra Murgatroyd had a 27.5.  Yet it was Bryan and van Amstel who didn’t receive enough votes to go forward.

Last night, the elimination of Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy was a no-brainer. Only their fans could save them and they didn’t have the votes. Alley at 61 was the oldest celebrity contestant and the only one with a weight issue, yet she looked absolutely fantastic during her patriotic Viennese waltz in honor of Veteran’s Day to “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. For that, the couple received a 27–nines across the board; it was their highest score of the season.

Her trio challenge number, a paso doble which she danced without shoes, was less well received. Dancing to “Bring Me to Life” by Evanescence with Tristan MacManus, Alley and Maksim received a 24. That was the lowest score given on Monday night.

With a cumulative score of 79/100 (two dances from this week and the score from last week’s dance and the swing marathon), her elimination seemed certain. I’m sorry to see her go because if nothing else, she’s entertaining and Maksim is probably correct when he stated she was the most improved.

The second elimination was bound to disappoint female fans of the show. Marini and Murgatroyd had a 92/100. They were ahead of Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff who scored a 91.5. What really hurt this team was their quick elimination during the swing marathon. They received only a 5 out of a possible 10. Their scores during week 8 were near perfect with a 29.5 for their spy-themed quickstep to “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins. For the trio challenge with Chelsie Hightower, the team’s hot salsa number received a 29.0 (to “Rebelión” by Joe Arroyo).

The remaining celebrity contestants are: Shawn Johnson, Kelly Monaco, Apolo Anton Ohno, Melissa Rycroft and Emmitt Smith. Johnson, Monaco, Ohno and Smith all finished first to win the mirrorball trophy during their respective seasons. Monaco was season 1, Smith season 2, Ohno season 4, Johnson season 8 (She beat Marini and Rycroft). Alley was season 12.

Rycroft finished third during season 8. Johnson and her-then partner Ballas won that season. Only Rycroft and Smith are with their original partners and despite her neck injury, Rycroft has been peaking; Rycroft and Dovolani have had two perfect scores this week and were near perfect last week with a 29 for their tango/cha cha cha fusion. Yet they did win the swing marathon. Swing moves aren’t so far from gymnastics required for high level cheerleaders.

Next week, the teams will be dancing one ballroom dance and one Micheal Jackson themed dance and one other dance. Things could get crazy with this kind of pressure which may not be wise. You have to wonder if the people making these decisions have ever had to learn three dances in less than a week.


About Jana J. Monji

I've written for the Rafu Shimpo, LA Weekly, LA Times, Examiner.com and, more recently, the Pasadena Weekly and RogerEbert.com. I formerly worked for a dot-com more interested in yodeling than its customers.

Posted on November 14, 2012, in Apolo Anton Ohno, Dancing with the Stars: Season 15, Emmit Smith, Gilles Marini, Kelly Monaco, Kirstie Alley, Melissa Rycroft. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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